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  • Don’t look for Harriman splash pad this summer

    The rush for a splash pad this summer has been put on hold in Harriman.

    Harriman officials planned to borrow money for the pad but are now applying for a Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant instead.

    “The problem that has arose is that both contractors who have submitted proposals can’t get to it in time to get it in for this year for it to be utilized,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

    He said it would be completed in time for it to be closed and winterized for the year.

  • New sign coming for Kingston center

    Kingston Community Center will be getting a new sign.

    Kingston City Council approved a $24,800 bid entered by Electro-Mech Scoreboard Co. to install a new sign at the Center.

    The sign is 3-by-8-foot double sided with a 4-by-5-foot pole and a 2-by-8-foot marquee at the top. The sign will have full color and the capability to display animated graphics and pre-recorded video.

    The sign will operate within the same standards applicable to private businesses.

    Council also voted to approve surplusing the current sign.

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    The city of Kingston has decided to postpone the Spring Street Fest.

    “After consultation with the National Weather Service, and discussion among the Department Heads involved, we have made the decision to cancel the Street Fest for Saturday.  Our rain date is April 14,” said City Manager David Bolling.

    Bolling said that Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross and his staff will be contacting vendors and others involved to let them know and try to get them on board for April 14.

  • Toughbooks get the boot for iPads

    Harriman Police Department is getting more tech savvy with the introduction of iPads in their patrol cars that will enable them to do much more of their work with one tool.

    The iPads will be replacing the aging Toughbooks that officers had in their vehicles.

    “We are going to have one for every officer,” said Police Chief Derek Pacifico.

    “I’ve checked all around and there are agencies in different places across the country who are doing this,” said Pacifico.

  • Woody regrouping after budget panel rejection

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s moving forward after his plan to add Earl Nall to the Budget Committee was rejected by the County Commission on Monday.

    “I’ll determine sometime this month what I’ll try to do,” he said.

    His options include nominating someone else or letting a one seat vacancy remain on the committee.

    The vacancy was created due to the unexpected death of Commissioner Steve Kelley.

  • Love, family key in battling rare form of blood cancer

    Everyone needs a mama bear in their corner to lean on when they are at their lowest moments.

    That tireless love and loyalty is just what R.E. Nail got from his spirited wife Reva when he was facing his frightening diagnosis of myelofibrosis, a rare form of blood cancer.

    R.E. Nail said he couldn’t have done it without Reva.

    “There is just no way. They told me up front you have to have a caregiver. She wasn’t just my caregiver; she was my angel,” R.E. Nail said.

  • Man killed in crash into Poplar Creek

    A Lake City man was killed Tuesday morning when a vehicle ran off Poplar Creek Road and became submerged in the water.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol report indicates the victim, 50-year-old Warner Martin, was buckled into the backseat, making extrication difficult.

    The driver of the Mazda 3, Rebecca Vanasse, 26, of Oak Ridge, and her front seat passenger Ethan James Alexander Wilson, 26, of Lake City, were successfully removed from the vehicle.

    Wilson, 26, did not suffer any injuries, but reports said Vanasse suffered unknown injuries.

  • Commission says no to K-14

    The K-14 educational initiative recently unveiled by The Roane Alliance was struck a blow at Monday’s County Commission meeting.

    A resolution endorsing the Roane County Schools’ K-14 plan failed after it was added to the agenda shortly before the meeting.

    Seven Commissioners — James Brummett, Benny East, Randy Ellis, Greg Ferguson, Junior Hendrickson, Mike Hooks and Stan Moore — voted against the measure.

    Voting in favor were Commission Chairman Ron Berry and Commissioners Peggy Collier, Chris Johnson and Carolyn Granger.